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Cubs have Cards catching Z's
On the mound, Carlos Zambrano allowed only an Albert Pujols home run, yielding five hits in 8 2/3 innings. At the plate, Zambrano logged an RBI on his first career triple. But the win may prove costly, as Nomar Garciaparra left with a groin injury.
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Carlos Zambrano is safe at third after driving in a run on his first career triple. (Kyle Ericson/AP)
Albert Pujols clubbed a solo home run, his fourth of the season, but the Cardinals ran into a tough customer in Carlos Zambrano and dropped the season opener against the Cubs at Busch Stadium. Jeff Suppan allowed three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings of work, and was saddled with the loss.
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CHC
Chi Cubs (8-7)
Won 2
Chi Cubs 3, St. Louis 1   STL
St. Louis (8-5)
Lost 1
April 20, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   3 12 1
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 5 1
Standings through 4/20/05  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Cardinals Stats
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Patterson, CF5000005.284
Perez, 2B-SS5000011.297
Lee, 1B4230101.411
Ramirez, 3B3011202.268
Burnitz, RF4021103.310
Garciaparra, SS2000014.157
Hairston, 2B3010023.296
Hollandsworth, LF5020003.239
Barrett, C4120002.191
Zambrano, P3011012.417
Hawkins, P0000000.000
Totals3831234526 

BATTING
2B: Lee 2 (6, Suppan, Suppan), Ramirez (6, Suppan), Hollandsworth (2, Flores).
3B: Zambrano (1, Suppan).
TB: Lee 5; Ramirez 2; Burnitz 2; Hairston; Hollandsworth 3; Barrett 2; Zambrano 3.
RBI: Burnitz (7), Zambrano (2), Ramirez (12).
2-out RBI: Burnitz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garciaparra; Perez; Hairston 2; Patterson; Hollandsworth 2.
S: Zambrano.
GIDP: Garciaparra; Patterson.
Team LOB: 13.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lee (3, 2nd base off Suppan/Diaz).

FIELDING
E: Garciaparra (2, throw).

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS4020000.293
Walker, RF4000001.209
Pujols, 1B4111011.283
Edmonds, CF4010010.270
Rolen, 3B4010001.204
Mabry, LF4000001.200
Nunez, 2B2000100.357
Diaz, C3000012.286
Suppan, P2000000.167
Flores, P0000000.000
a-Cedeno, PH1000000.133
Tavarez, P0000000.000
King, P0000000.000
Totals32151136 

a-Grounded out for Flores in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Rolen (3, Zambrano).
HR: Pujols (4, 6th inning off Zambrano, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Eckstein 2; Pujols 4; Edmonds; Rolen 2.
RBI: Pujols (8).
2-out RBI: Pujols.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz; Pujols; Mabry.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Eckstein (1, 2nd base by Zambrano/Barrett).

FIELDING
E: Mabry (1, fielding).
DP: 2 (Eckstein-Nunez-Pujols, Pujols-Eckstein-Pujols).

 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zambrano (W, 2-0)8.25111313.04
Hawkins (S, 3)0.10000002.84
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Suppan (L, 1-2)6.19323203.38
Flores 1.21000205.14
Tavarez 0.22001108.44
King 0.10000000.00

WP: Suppan.
IBB: Burnitz (by Tavarez).
Pitches-strikes: Zambrano 118-80, Hawkins 2-1, Suppan 106-71, Flores 18-15, Tavarez 15-8, King 4-3.
Ground outs-fly outs: Zambrano 14-8, Hawkins 0-1, Suppan 11-7, Flores 2-1, Tavarez 1-0, King 0-1.
Batters faced: Zambrano 32, Hawkins 1, Suppan 31, Flores 6, Tavarez 5, King 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Hawkins 1-0, Flores 2-0, King 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Froemming. 1B: Mike Winters. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Hunter Wendelstedt.
Weather: 65 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:51 (1:22 delay, 0).
Att: 44,855.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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